Interference occupies liminal spaces, rapidly navigating distances between clarity and obfuscation, violence and playfulness, disruption and reflection. Owen Davis’s dense electronic landscapes and rowdy drum gestures seem to unfold at the dynamic intersections of these three (Owen, Electronics, Drums), an energetic and convulsing assemblage. The album pivots in Slime Fence A and B, where the boundary between drums and electronics becomes profoundly blurred; the assemblage seems to briefly coalesce, ultimately rending yet again in a forceful drum interjection (Insistent). Past the slime fences, as the album’s large scale symmetry begins to take shape, there is a feeling of passage. Having gone deep into the energies of Owen’s interference, we as listeners, like the album itself, are invited to reflect. What forces might this noise unleash into the world? And how might these sounds, in our ears and minds, open the gates for interference beyond themselves?
PERCUSSION + ELECTRONICS: owen davis
RECORDING & MASTERING ENGINEER: david james
RECORDED AT MUDSHARK RECORDING STUDIO, FLAGSTAFF AZ, MAY 18 2018 (www.mudsharkrecordings.com)
NOTES: nick meryhew
ART: eugene brosseau (ebrosseau.weebly.com)